Review: Maeda-en Genmai-Cha Brown Rice Tea With Matcha

Genmaicha Tea, Green Tea, Japanese Tea, Maeda-en, Matcha Tea, Popcorn Tea, Rice Tea, Sencha Tea Add comments
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Thumbs up!"Exactly whats promised, a rich, decidedly Japanese Genmai-cha."
Troy’s Teaview: 8/10
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maedaengenmai1Genmai-cha is an ancient blend steeped in mystery and tradition, or a tea factories way of selling more tea by adding comparatively cheap roasted brown rice in the 1920's, depending entirely on what you have your Reality-meter(tm) set to. Considering the long history of a tea drinking nation trying to get every last drop from its limited gardens I would find it odd if roasted rice, among other things, had never been used to stretch the tea budget.

As is popular this Genmai-Cha has small bits of popcorn, and is covered in pale green matcha powder. The Matcha used is very finely ground, and coats everything it touches, giving the rice and popcorn a radioactive green dusting. The liqueur is light green in the cup, smooth, and slightly opaque jade water beside a black as pitch wrought iron teapot smoking like a recently fired gun.

Despite its appearance, the brew tastes of grain, and sweet roasted rice, cavorting in a field of grassy Sencha. the brew is light and splashes freely in the mouth, yet still hits home with the sort of strong and substantial presence you expect from sencha, however the rice is made less abrasive than some blends, by the mellow and even flavor of the Matcha. The second brew wasn't as good as the first, but with the Matcha spent you wouldn't expect it to be. Still, you can get two or three enjoyable steeps from a single pot or basket of leaves and rice. At four dollars and change it certainly won't let you down.

— To purchase Maeda-en Genmai-Cha Brown Rice Tea With Matcha, or for more specific information on ingredients or the story behind this particular tea, click here to go directly to the manufacturer's web site.

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